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Duolingo for Windows Phone is here, aims to turn you into a polyglot

Duolingo is a popular way to learn a language online and is created by crowdsourcing pioneer Luis von Ahn. Duolingo has already garnered over 50 million users across the world via popular Android and iOS apps.

Selected by Apple as iPhone App of the Year 2013 and by Google as Best of the Best for Android 2013, the free, science-based language education platform began as a research project in von Ahn's lab at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and is now established as a top educational startup. After getting teased earlier this month, the official Duolingo app for Windows Phone has arrived.

Duolingo

Using the Duolingo app, you can learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, and English using one of these as your base medium. It's a fun app, and you learn in easy, bite-sized lessons. Answering incorrectly gets you to lose hearts and you can track your progress with shiny achievements. The fun elements make it less of a chore while imparting college-quality language education. The company says that the service is constantly improving, and that one's learning experience gets better over time.

As a Duolingo fan, I'm quite excited that the app has finally landed on the Windows Phone Store. It's free and there are no ads, so there's no reason you shouldn't give it a spin. Even if you don't fancy learning a foreign language, the casual app impresses you with its gamification and becomes addictive while teaching you useful words and phrases. Adiós! Au revoir!

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156 Comments
  • Good to have such a highly rated app on wpstore.
  • it's a shame it needs a constant internet conection though, does anyone know if the andoid/ios apps are the same?
  • They are.
  • Raining official ;)
  • New Apps everyday ...keep them coming in...
  • Good, every day 3 or 4 new outstanding apps!!
  • at last! :)
  • At last! We've been recognized!
  • Wish it had Thai. Does it have more languages on ios or is it the same?
  • I'm pretty sure that we have all available languages. They aren't stored on the app, so you can look at duolingo.com to verify.  I think whatever is on the site is what we have, except for the languages that aren't completed yet.
  • Yeah man, so do I
  • Awesome! I've been waiting for this :D
  • Nice, I use Babbel a bit but have found that Duolingo is a bit more feature rich on other platforms so hopefully the same rings true here.
  • Now everyone can have a change to learn Portuguese. :D
  • Yeah, but the wrong Portuguese ;) Força Portugal!
  • I will start now with french
  • Me to
  • atlast i will score good in french yayyyyyyyyyyyy super hapyyyyyyy
  • et moi
  • Très bien mes amis!
  • I'm improving my Spanish, since I live in Southern California, but I'm also doing some French.  It is WAY harder to learn French.  I am doing pretty well with the text, but listening and speaking are difficult for me, at this point. I hope that the voice on the website and the app are more difficult than listening to real people speak.
  • Ohh how would I like to learn all those languages now...A big Thanks to the team of Duolingo...Now just got to find some time for it !!!
  • Was waiting for u..
  • Stunning app!
  • WooHooooo Finally!!
  • One thing I have discovered with wp is that apps get more recognition by users more than android or ios because their users think they have all the apps so don't search for new apps but we wp users always notice new apps and in a manner of appreciation we download the app even when we don't intend to use them, I will take example on me when Spotify launched on wp I put all the possible majors to test the app even when i am not from the U.S. or knew about it before, In the end developers have alot of people download their apps because we are always eager for new apps
  • Exactly
  • +1030
  • +1
  • Brilliantly said. Now about that storage space...
  • +1
  • -1032
  • +1024
  • I always mention this when I write to a developer or a company about making a Windows Phone app.  I try to get it out of the way that spreadsheets showing market share percentage aren't the entire picture.  Not only do I think we discover and install apps at a higher rate than the other platforms, I think we evangelize for those apps to users on ALL platforms. I remember an article about KiK referencing the cross platform growth after adopting Windows Phone.  Of course, they just used us for growth and then abandoned us.  Funny, they've been dwarfed by every other messaging app, since. OK, I took a second to dig up that old KiK article:
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/30/why-kik-loves-windows-phone-7-spoiler-it-boosts-android-and-ios-user-growth/
  • Holy S*** , I did and still doing the same and yes have downloaded spotify :P
  • Uninstalled just an hour ago from my android phone and now its on my WP
    Hope new useful apps will come soon.
  • Why do you have more than one cell phone?
  • I need shareit app for sharing anything with my friends.it can share over 1gb file in 6minute without using any data.
    Windows store have this app but it can transfer only photos.
  • WP is my favourite.but i have an android phone too,
    Even i don't know how to use an android phone,just for some apps
    I think Microsoft is just focusing on xbox and windows.
  • Is anyone else missing the speaking questions?! Also swipe is disabled when entering text in the language you are trying to learn... That is a pain. Otherwise I am really happy this is now on my phone!
  • Yeah no speaking lessons - but they weren't in the iOS app till relatively recently, so I suspect they will come once they've established the app is stable as it is. Swype is disabled as you wont always be typing in the same language I assume! :)
  • Swipe is disabled so you learn how to spell in that language correctly, it's no good if the phone is doing half the work is it ;)
  • Great!
  • So, when is the secret event by MS?
  • Later today. Stay tuned!
  • *TV tuning noises*
  • What secret event? Can you please elaborate?
  • Secret event?
  • Shareit by paradox.
    Was released in june and 4 versions later but nothing changed.
    Its frustrating.
  • I wish they had a Chinese course but I guess I still have to wait for a Memrise app for that. I'll definitely give Duolingo a shot though!
  • "Boohoo, windows phone has no apps!" - To you people I say.... SHADDUP!
  • Yesssssss! Now to see how much parity it has with the IOS version...
  • Irish but not Welsh? Tsk.
  • Do you actually speak Welsh? I mean, is it really used in everyday conversations?
  • If I were Welsh, I would be about to shout at you. Then, I would guess that you were light-hearted and just ignore your question :)
  • I did not mean to offend anyone. I asked a simple question, because I don't know the situation in Wales. As far as I know, they mostly speak English. Since I did not ask you, and you do not know the answer, I wish you just ignored my question ;)  
  • Ydw, dw i'n siarad Cymraeg, ond dw i ddim yn rhugl - I do speak Welsh, but I'm not fluent. The situation depends on which part of Wales you live. In some areas it's spoken by as little as 10%, and in others it's nearer to 80%. You also have to factor in inwards migration from England, particularly retirees, reducing percentages further. But to answer your question directly, yes, Welsh is spoken in everyday conversations. It is an official language; Welsh language lessons are compulsory for children in all schools in Wales, and 25% of children attend Welsh medium schools, where every class is taught in Welsh (except for English). When the older generations die off, we will see a huge increase in the number of Welsh speakers in terms of percentage.
  • "Welsh language lessons are compulsory for children in all schools in Wales, and 25% of children attend Welsh medium schools, where every class is taught in Welsh (except for English). " Nice, I like your policy. Good for you guys :)
  • Just kidding, neither did I intend to offend anyone...I was sure you didn't intend :) The case is that anyone can check those facts -- otherwise it sounds kind of "are you still alive--really?" :D
  • This is cool. I can brush up on my Spanish!!!!!
  • Is only one language for free or all are?
  • They are all free :) Duolingo is the best!
  • That is great, apps like these surprise me, these are truly free.
  • Yes, the creators of Duolingo are a bunch of great people :) In case you don't know, there is also a web version that you can use on your PC :)
  • Next up is vlc
  • Vlc where are you? :(
  • Finally!
  • I want to use the Word Flow 
  • At last! And for the Windows 8.1 please!
  • Yes, universal app pls,..
  • Yes please!!! All new apps should be universal!!!!!
  • Doesn't seem to be available here in the UK?
  • Did you check the link in the post?
  • Cool, many thanks, installing
  • Learn Dutch everyone! It's spoken in the NL, Belgium, South Africa, Namibia, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Aruba and Suriname! And like 6000 Dutch loanwords can be found in Indonesian ^_^
  • Who's paying you to promote Dutch?
  • Yeah, Dutch is certainly a hidden gem :) Now, seriously, you Dutch people speak English so well...
  • Yeah, we do! But people always like you more when you try to speak their language. This applies to all languages ofc ^_^
  • Please forgive me, Koen, I was writing tongue-in-cheek. I spent a week on Flanders in September and i had a crush with Dutch (ended up buying so many children and comic books...), I secretly tried to talk to the locals in Dutch when my wife was not around (Francophile as she is). But, hey! Flanders? That's not the Netherlands! :D
  • Np, I took no offence in it :) Flanders is really nice! I live about on the border so I end up going there like once a month. You're Walloon then?
  • Nobody, I'm Dutch myself :D
  • Naaah, Danish is much better. No one other than us 5 mill Danes and the eskimos we enslaved a thousand years ago know the language! Come and join the KLUB ;)
  • Love that kind of humor. Hey, you're a Dane, aren't you? :D
  • "Det er jeg i hvert fald" Through that first bit in Duolingo and you have your answer ;)
  • Good for you then :) if you have learned Dutch then you can learn Indonesian easier, and come to me if you want to speak in Indonesian ;O)
  • I'm definitely going to learn Indonesian one day! I once looked into it and was surprised by how many words I already knew. Words like atret, kantor-pos are all Dutch. Speaking of which, how do you guys look upon us nowadays?
  • well there are more than 90 million people (a lot more than that) who speak Persian but still Persian language support didn't came to Windows phone until WP8 and on this app , well its no where to be found, so ... but I already started with French !
  • True, but that's mainly bc the bunch of the speakers are centered in Iran, and it's nearly inaccessible to most outsiders :/
  • Great app!
  • Wow
  • YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
  • "That's what she said". Btw, I agree with you
  • Looks good; I'll give it a go. Good to see more quality apps in the Store!
  • Waiting for this for an year... After switching to WP from Android
  • It's time to learn Spanish! :)
  • Yeah me too... For my Argentinian friend....
  • this is great, finally.
  • Trying to learn Italian for our 2015 Italy trip!!! Yahoo!!!
  • At last, Been waiting for this ever since my wife installed it on her iPhone. Good to see official apps making their way to the platform. I've been wanting to learn another language for a while now but it's always been a slow process. Well; with Duolingo, 'Seems faster'  
  • I have waited for this for more than a year.  
  • Time to learn some german
  • Already started. Ich liebe Bayern Munchen :) Alles gut Bruder!! Hail Deutschland!! :D
  • Just finished German! Got my first "Golden Owl". Deutsch macht sehr Spaß! Aber Deutsche Sprache, schwer Sprache! Alles die "Der, Die, Das, Den, Dem" ist mein Kampf! Ich habe jetzt Nederlands mein lernen begonnen! Nächste ist Norwegish! DuoLingo ist sehr Toll! Und die Zukunft ist sehr gut für mich eine Mehrsprachig sein! Prost!
  • Sweet! Tried it out and it runs really well on my Icon - they really out out a quality app instead of doing a crappy initial release.
  • And it's onLy 2MB :P
  • That's because most of the content and the work is done online. :)  I'm sure someone will complain that it needs data to run.
  • Hope Duolingo would keep update this app. Not just publish it
  • I love you Duolingo great team
  • Says every email and username are already in use, even when I make one that's totally gibberish. Uninstalled.
  • Finally! Thanks Microsoft!
  • Wait. What?  What does Microsoft have to do with this?  Duolingo decided to make the app for their service.  Thank Duolingo. 
  • Yet another highly desired, long awaited app ... that I can't download on my flagship phone because 8.1 only. Thanks Verizon ...
  • Try PFD then ;)
  • Great! Now everyone download this (and ton of other apps) to show them it was worth the effort, and to make sure they keep updates coming! :)
  • Did anyone else notice that you can't search for it in the store? I only found out through the link.
  • Finally but wish it had Russian so I could deal with the in laws easier
  • On the website, it shows Russian as "hatching. 41% done".  I'd really like to learn Russian, as well. It was the only class that I didn't do well in, in college. Also, just East of where I live in West Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA) there is a large Russian immigrant community.  Most of the tellers at my bank speak Russian as their first language and I want to know what they're saying! ha ha My point is that you are not alone and Russian is on its way! :)
  • You  have made Russians in laws, bro?? Damn!! Its so tough to pronounce!!! I'm learning German. Even thats not easy as well. By the way Alles gut Bruder!! :)
  • Yeah I like my women Slavic.
  • So didn't she teach you Russian?? :)
  • A patient teacher she is not.
  • F'in FINALLY!!
  • Awesome!!!!
  • Why it isn't a universal app? :(.
  • Finally!! Been waiting and watching to community thread on their support site for a long time
  • I am receiving odd error - Can not connect to duolingo. Someone else?
  • Same here.
  • Check internet connection.
  • 日本語 (Japanese langauge) please!  
  • This!
  • I would either use the Feedback option in the app or go to the website to request new languages. I think demand is how they decide what's next. Demand that they know about, which isn't here. :)
  • shout it on their website, not here. This is not the developers' website.
  • Jap girls are so hot ;)
  • Seriously, you go learn a language just because of the girls?
  • Nope bro. But Jap girls are hot!! :D 
  • Grabbing it. Thanks devs
  • No for Chinese?
  • This was my holy grail app for WP... So happy it's finally here!
  • Holy cow, thIs app is AWESOME
  • Bummed that it's not a universal app.
  • Great news. Always shortening the list of apps I want but aren't available for WP.
  • This is literally the only app I missed not having on my phone. Awesome to have it!
  • Thanks  Devs!! I mean DANKE!! You made my day. Gonna learn German :) Save your life, everyone!!!! Here I come with Panzarrr!!!! Bhoooommmmmmmm.... *kidding* ;)
  • Willkommen mein Freund :)
  • Danke mein Bruder :)
  • Fantastic!! :-)
  • Booo...no Greek !!!
  • No Japanese, ouch.
  • Yay! Now I'd like to learn some languages just because this official app has arrived, a symptom of new-official-app hysteria.
  • It would be better support more languages like "Persian"
  • Doesn't do Japanese, no download.
  • It doesn't seem to update progress for me. Is anyone else having an issue?
  • It's about time! Hopefully it stays updated... The web experience is way better than mobile anyway.
  • Brilliant! I've been using it to learn French, but only being able to use it on my Android tablet has been a bit tiresome. Hopefully having it on a device I can keep in my pocket will encourage me to use it more consistently.
  • These guys are shit. After the last update it's showing that a problem occurrd either I have to buy it or uninstall it.
    #WTF
  • Unable to download the app... Either from link or direct from store... Progress bar does not start for download.. It shows the app is size of 2MB, it's it correct??